The Moore American

January 29, 2014

An ideal Super Bowl

By Wanda Billbe
The Moore American

MOORE — Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is deemed the second largest food consumption day in the United States, only surpassed by Thanksgiving?

Not to mention that the Super Bowl is typically rated as the most watched American television broadcast of the year. This should give you a clear picture of how important this day is to sports fans across the country.

As of Super Bowl XLVII, 27 of 47 Super Bowls have been played in three cities: New Orleans (10 times), the Greater Miami area (10 times) or the Greater Los Angels area (seven times.)

Sunday is the 48th Super Bowl. It will be held in New Jersey, on an outdoor field in what is expected to be sub-freezing temperatures.

Pity the players and fans that have to endure the arctic blasts throughout the game.

There’s so much hype about the Super Bowl, commercials and half-time show that already have fans in frenzy. Did you know that the USA Today has a website where you can register to be an Ad Meter Panelist to vote for your favorite commercials during the Super Bowl?

Crazy. Now while my husband and son thoroughly enjoy watching every Super Bowl commercial, they have, thankfully, refrained from going to this extreme.

Half-time shows have dramatically changed from the beginning, too. The first half-time shows featured college and high school marching bands. As the popularity of the Super Bowl increased, a trend started to feature singers and musicians. The first Super Bowl to have only one star performer was in 1993 and the star was Michael Jackson.

The half-time shows of today include elaborate stages, flashing lights, smoke (I can’t imagine being a football player on the field following half-time. It has to be incredibly hard to breathe with all the residual smoke.)

All in all, Super Bowl Sunday this year will be interesting, at best. Will New Jersey get smacked by sleet and snow? The ticket prices have already dropped in anticipation of the bad weather. Other factors for the attendees to consider will be if the storm hits, the airlines may not be able to fly out the following day. The fans might end up stranded in New Jersey longer than expected, not a comfort zone for travelers coming from other states.

But oh, the joy of watching the teams deemed the finest play their hearts out for that coveted ring. There’s a lot at stake and every player will give it their all. Perhaps that’s why so many enjoy this particular game so much. It all comes down to this. If you win, you’re the Super Bowl champions. If you lose, you’re just yesterday’s news.

So I was thinking about what kind of half-time show I would like to see if I could select it myself. I think it would be pretty cool to have God send down 20 to 30 thousand angels, let them float down on the field in all their glory, dance and sing, play their harps and other instruments and then — poof — return up to heaven, without the smoke.

Of course this will never happen. Not that God won’t be watching the Super Bowl — I’m sure He will have His eye on the game along with past Super Bowl champions and fans who are up in Heaven watching with Him from above.